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Search continues for missing hikers in Orange County

April 02, 2013|By Kate Mather
  • Dawn and Russ Jack await word about their daughter, Kyndall Jack of Costa Mesa, who along with a fellow hiker went missing in the area of Holy Jim Canyon in the Cleveland National Forest.
Dawn and Russ Jack await word about their daughter, Kyndall Jack of Costa… (Mark Boster / Los Angeles…)

The search for two teenage hikers believed to be lost in Orange County's Trabuco Canyon was set to continue Tuesday morning.

About 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Nicholas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18, both of Costa Mesa, called authorities from a cellphone and said they were lost, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said.

The two thought they were about a mile away from their vehicle, the Sheriff's Department said, but the phone's battery died before authorities were unable to pinpoint a location.

A foot search ensued, but deputies were unable to find them. Crews were out again Monday, assisted by helicopters and bloodhounds, sheriff's Lt. Erin Giudice said.

It was unclear whether the two had any supplies with them, KTLA reported.

"The growing concern would be that they have injured themselves and they are under the tree cover and we're unable to find them by air," Giudice told the television station.

The Sheriff's Department asked that anyone with information about the whereabouts of the two to call (714) 647-7000.


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